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June 9, 2011

If you were shrunk to the size of a pencil and stuck in a blender, how would you get out?

Filed under: General HR Buzz1:45 pm

“Tell me about your strengths.”

“Describe a difficult situation with a previous boss.”

“Where do you see yourself in five years?”

Chances are, you are familiar with these and a myriad of other interview questions, no matter which side of the desk you were sitting on. Sharp managers ask these and many other questions to learn as much as they can, as quickly as they can, about job applicants. Some companies have gone far outside the box, asking questions designed to throw the interviewee a real curveball. recently pulled some of these questions, compiled from Business Insider and Huffington Post, and gave some possible answers. “We can’t guarantee that our answers will help you land the job, but at least they should make your interviewer grin,” says Colin Dobrin, of

  1. “If you were shrunk to the size of a pencil and put in a blender, how would you get out?” – Goldman Sachs
  2. “Rate yourself on a scale of 1 to 10 how weird you are.” – Capital One

Possible answer: “It depends on the day. Yesterday I was an 8, today I’m down to a 2. It also depends on what standard of ‘normality’ I’m comparing myself against.”

  1. “How much should you charge to wash all the windows in Seattle?” – Google (Project Manager position)
  2. “How many traffic lights are in Manhattan?” – Argus Information and Advisory Services
  3. “What do wood and alcohol have in common?” – Guardsmark
  4. “Why are manhole covers round?” – Google
  5. “How many bottles of beer are drank in the city over the week?” – Nielsen (Research Analyst position)
  6. “Design an evacuation plan for San Francisco.” – Google

For the other possible answers, see’s blog.



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